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When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up

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When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is the story of eight women called to serve God and who, in doing so, changed the world. They lived at the turn of the century, rubbing shoulders with the well-known men of their time, like John Rockefeller, Marshall Field, and Dwight Lyman Moody.

These women—Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith—were unique. They were single and married, black and white, wealthy and poor, beautiful and plain, mothers and childless. Yet, each felt called to make a difference and to do something—to meet a pressing need in her world.

These women wanted to live lives less ordinary. Their stories inspire us to follow God’s calling in our own lives. They teach us that each individual person can make a difference. These eight women will show you how God can use your life to change the world.

From the Back Cover

What did God do through eight ordinary women?

What can He do through you?


Travel back in time to turn-of-the-century America. Skirts trailed the floor, hats were a must, and corsets were commonplace. People traveled by horse and carriage, locomotive, or ship. The first skyscrapers were built. The World’s Fair arrived in Chicago.

Life was swiftly changing in the United States, but for most, it was also difficult. Men and women flooded the cities in a desperate search for work. Former slaves fled north seeking freedom and education. Crime began to rise as brothels and saloons became commonplace in American cities.

It was in this world that Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sarah Dunn Clarke, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith lived and worked and served. They were ordinary women called to serve God. They followed His leading, risking their own safety and reputation. In doing so, they changed the world forever.

The stories of these eight historic, faithful women will change your life as well as you see what God can do through the willing hearts of ordinary women.

Chapter 1: They Refused to Give Up
Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)
Chapter 2: Longings of a Blind Girl
Chapter 3: Learning and Love
Chapter 4: Hymns and Heaven
“Emma” Emeline E Dryer (1835-1925)
Chapter 5: Typhoid Fever and God’s Call to Service.
Chapter 6: The Chicago Fire Brings a Fresh Start
Chapter 7: Building a Bible School
Chapter 8: Women and Education
“Nettie” Nancy (Fowler) McCormick (1835-1923)
Chapter 9: Love and Marriage
Chapter 10: Tremendous Riches and Devastating Loss
Chapter 11: The Wealthiest Woman in Chicago
Sarah Dunn Clarke (1835-1918)
Chapter 12: A Life of Privilege
Chapter 13: Mother of the Mission
Chapter 14: To Win One Soul
Amanda Smith (1837-1915)
Chapters 15: Finding Freedom
Chapter 16: From Camp Meetings to Africa
Chapter 17: Caring for Chicago’s Orphans
Chapter 18: Women and Missions
Virginia Asher (1869-1937)
Chapter 19: Women at the World’s Fair
Chapter 20: The Fate of Fallen Women
Chapter 21: A Light for All Women
Evangeline Booth (1865-1950)
Chapter 22: Called to Serve
Chapter 23: San Francisco and Soapy Smith
Chapter 24: The World for God
Chapter 25: Women and Politics
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955)
Chapter 26: Longing to Learn
Chapter 27: Florida: The New Africa
Chapter 28: A Legacy of Hope
Chapter 29: Being That Kind of Woman
Discussion Questions

I was one of four sons and the father of three, never wanting for great role models. As the grandfather of three granddaughters, however, I’m constantly scouring the media landscape for true stories of women my young beloveds can aspire to emulate. When Others Shuddered fills the bill. I love everything about this book, from the women Jamie Janosz chose to the quirky design, and from the stories themselves to the resolve they inspire in me. Imagine the impact such a work can have on the lives of young women.

Jerry B. Jenkins, Novelist & Biographer, Owner, Christian Writers Guild

Warning: This book might just change your life. These women will inspire you to ask God that your life might count for His kingdom—whatever the cost. No woman is too young or too old, too poor or too rich to become a mighty vessel in the hands of the Lord. "Here am I Lord send me!"  

Dr. Juli Slattery, Clinical psychologist, Author, President and Co-founder of Authentic Intimacy, MBI Trustee

Product Details

  • Title : When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up
  • Author: Janosz, Jamie
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • ISBN: 9780802489555
JAMIE JANOSZ is a wife, mother, writer, and managing editor of Today in the Word, Moody Bible Institute’s daily Bible devotional. She studied theology and writing at Moody Bible Institute, Columbia College, and Illinois State University. In her off hours, you will most likely find her poking through antique shops, adding to her collections of old books, mid-century furniture, and vintage purses. Jamie and her husband, Milt, have been married over 30 years. They live with on the Atlantic coast of Florida.


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